February 2022 Branch Update

Preserving. Educating. Promoting. 

Monthly newsletter, e-TRAILS,  to the Family History Community.

Greetings members and friends of Essex Branch,

With the first month of 2022 behind us (already) we are all snuggling down here in Essex County as February is usually a chilly month for us. February is a good month to stay inside and focus on your family history research or genealogical education. There are many, many great educational opportunities being offered by our own society and many other groups. You don’t have to look far to find a webinar, presentation, course or class that is of interest to you. Look no further than your computer as the variety of opportunities being offered online is endless. You will find some of our branch and society upcoming webinars below. Register to attend today!  

Educational Opportunities 

Ontario Ancestor’s February Presentation

DATE: Thursday, February 3, 2022 (7:00 P.M.)
TOPIC: Diaries, Journals and Calendars: Preserving and Documenting Your Ancestors Day-to-Day Life
SPEAKER: Melissa Barker

Many of our ancestors recorded their day-to-day lives in diaries, journals, and calendars. Learn how to extract all the wonderful genealogical and historical information contained these sources and how to physically preserve them for the next generation.
For more information and to register, click HERE.

Essex Branch Presentations
Our presentations are FREE and open to everyone. Simply register at each link provided below. For the time being, we will continue to host our monthly educational presentations online.

DATE: February 7 MONDAY (7:00 PM)
TOPIC: Three Loyalist Heroes

Ruth Nicholson, a proud UEL descendant, will discuss her research into the lives of three of her loyalist ancestors who played an important role in the history of Upper Canada and early Essex County.
Register HERE.

DATE: March 7 MONDAY (7:00PM)
TOPIC: Members’ Medley
What’s your connection to Essex County? We have asked 4 branch members to share their family history connection to Essex County. Join us to learn about their ancestors, their stories and some resources they have used.
Register HERE.

Don’t forget that past presentations have been recorded and archived for you on our YouTube Channel  which is free and open to everyone.

The interest in the Family Tree Maker (FTM) software is very evident in the genealogical community thus we are introducing a FTM User Group. Whether you are a new FTM user, have been using it for years or are just curious and want to learn more, this user group is for you. This FTM User Group will be bi-monthly, drop-in, live-chat style sessions beginning January 2022. Sessions will alternate day and evening times to accommodate more people and will be open to anyone. This user group will be attendee driven so users of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. You can register to attend all or just one. Open to everyone.

Tuesday, March 29th – 7pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, May 31st – 2pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, July 26th – 7pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, September 27th – 2pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, November 29th – 7pm: Register HERE

We have a couple of exciting things to share with you. First, is our WEBSITE. It’s a new year so we felt it was time for a new look. We have updated our Essex Branch website to a cleaner, more user friendly version. All the great stuff is still there, the look is just a little different. We have also added a new section for the public to enjoy called “Featured Resources.” New items, documents, materials, etc. will be added regularly for all to enjoy so be sure to visit this section often. We have started this section off with some Assumption Yearbooks (1921-1970) for you to enjoy. If you have not had a look at our new “facelift,” be sure to do so soon. And of course, if you have any suggestions or feedback, please send to [email protected].

Secondly, we are in the process of completing an application for the Canada Summer Jobs program. We are hoping we will be approved for a grant to provide a student with an internship over the summer. We have lots of tasks and projects that a young person can help us with that would bring more material and resources to you. Wish us luck!

Other News
Latest Update from FamilySearch on the Vernon Directories. Click here to view what is currently available. https://tinyurl.com/yckp7sst

BLK: An Origin Story

An upcoming four-part docuseries explores the influence and impact of Black history in Canada. This four-part documentary series premiers February 26th at 9PM on ET. Also available on STACKTV.

BLK: An Origin Story – Limited Series Premieres February 26, 2022

Black Canadian Servicemen of the No. 2 Construction Battalion

On July 5, 1916, the No. 2 Construction Battalion was created in response to petitions by Black men who wanted to serve their country but were turned away at recruiting offices. The battalion was authorized to recruit across Canada, starting first in Nova Scotia and by September in Quebec, Ontario and the western provinces. No. 2 Construction Battalion remains the largest Black unit in Canadian history and the men of No. 2 Construction Battalion represented their communities with honour. To learn more about this battalion visit the Valour Canada WEBSITE, the Nova Scotia Canada WEBSITE and the Canadian Encyclopedia WEBSITE.

Black Canadian Veterans Stories in collaboration with the Heritage Schoolhouse Museum & Archives at the York Region District School Board, have created this interactive map that depicts the residences of No. 2 Construction Battalion Servicemen at the time of enlistment. Learn more on their website www.blackcanadianveterans.com

February is the month of romance and love. Here are a couple interesting events that were taking place 100 years ago in February 1922.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. RENAUD Are 25 Years Married
Mr. and Mrs. Silvester Mark RENAUD are today celebrating the 25th anniversary of their marriage at their home, 85 Walker Road, Walkerville. The marriage took place February 1, 1897, in Amberstburg. Rev. Father RENAUD, a distant relative of the groom, officiating. Mrs. RENAUD was formerly Miss Olive DUBY, of Malden Township, where the groom also spent his boyhood days.

Sixteen years ago, Mr. and Mrs. RENAUD moved to Walkerville, where Mr. RENAUD entered the employ of Hiram Walker and Sons, Limited, where he has been continually engaged until about a month ago, when ill health forced him to retire.

Mr. RENAUD is well known in Walkerville and throughout the Border Cities, where he is familiarly known to his friends as “Silver.” Congratulations are being showered on the couple today by a host of friends, who wish them many more happy years of wedded life.

Source: The Border Cities Star, Windsor
February 1, 1922 page 3

What police say was an elopement of a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old married woman ended unromantically late Friday with the return of both to their respective home at Essex.

Ed WALSH and Mrs. J. KNIGHT were the principals, according to Office Frank BROWN, of Essex. He became aware of the elopement last Monday, he stated, when the widowed mother of the boy asked him to bring her son back, “and separate him from that KNIGHT woman.” An effort was made to locate the couple, but they were not located.

Young WALSH returned to his home Friday, the woman returning later in the day. Police have not yet secured statements from them, but, according to reports, the woman returned to her husband and is again living with him. She explained to friends the reports state, that she left because her husband had been cruel to her.

According to Officer BROWN, the pair was forced to return because of lack of funds. Young WALSH had only $5 in his possession when he disappeared, and the woman was practically penniless, the officers stated. The officer believe that they spent their short sojourn in Windsor.

Source: The Border Cities Star, Windsor
February 18, 1922 page 3

Have a great month. Stay warm. Browse our website. Attend an educational learning event. And most importantly, show those ancestors some love. Think of them; remember them; and acknowledge those who came before us.

From the Ontario Ancestors – Essex County Branch Operating Team
Pat Clancy                     Cindy Robichaud
Michele Watson              David Hutchinson
Linda Urquhart               Tammy Richards
David Thompson

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